Saturday 19 October 2019

Weld can continue dominance with Imaging

Dermot Weld has dominated the Group Three Concorde Stakes (2.30) in the past decade and Imaging sets the standard having just failed to land a German Group Two in May (stock photo)
Dermot Weld has dominated the Group Three Concorde Stakes (2.30) in the past decade and Imaging sets the standard having just failed to land a German Group Two in May (stock photo)

All eyes will be on superstar mare Enable as she bids for an historic Arc hat-trick tomorrow but punters will also be kept busy on the Irish front with a quality mixed card at Tipperary.

Dermot Weld has dominated the Group Three Concorde Stakes (2.30) in the past decade and Imaging sets the standard having just failed to land a German Group Two in May.

The Oasis Dream colt has been freshened up for an autumn campaign and Oisin Orr's mount is taken to make his class show with Jack Davison's Black Magic Woman next best.

Jezki and Go Native are among the roll of honour for the Grade Three Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle (3.0) and Henry de Bromhead's Petit Mouchoir, winner of the Irish Champion Hurdle in 2017, is the classiest of this sextet on paper.

The eight-year-old is without a win in two years, however, and this may go the way of Davids Charm. The cards finally fell right for him at Listowel and John Joe Walsh's charge comes here in the form of his life.

This contest is also notable for the return to the saddle of Barry Geraghty aboard Enda Bolger's Ballyoisin. The Meath man has been out since breaking his leg at Aintree in April.

Willie Mullins has won the last four renewals of the Grade Three Joe Mac Novice Hurdle (3.30) but the Closutton maestro is not represented this time around and Turnpike Trip may be the one to take advantage. Charles Byrnes' five-year-old was second at Listed level before landing a novice event at Listowel and it may become a battle between him and Padraig Roche's Way Back Home.

If Moon Over Germany puts his best foot forward in the Grade Three Like A Butterfly Novice Chase (4.35) then De Bromhead's charge will be a tough nut to crack having landed a Grade Three handicap chase at Aintree this year.

The Grade Two PWC Champion Chase (4.25) heads today's Gowran Park card where it may pay to side with Gordon Elliott's Shattered Love as she drops back in trip to her favoured 2m4f in what is a top-class renewal.

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